Nestled on the north shore of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, Harbor Springs is the perfect place to visit, stay, and live. This small town offers a tight-knit community that's hard to find anywhere else, with endless activities to keep you entertained all year long. If you're looking for insider tips on the best places to check out, our McBride Custom Homes team has you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spots in Harbor Springs that we love to visit!



If you are looking for the best sandwich of your life and a bottle of wine, Gurney's should be your first stop. Founded in 1972, Gurnery's is a Harbor Springs staple and a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Just remember that Gurney's is cash only!


This super sweet and pretty pink company just might have the best ice cream in Harbor Springs. With the friendliest staff in town, you will surely enjoy your visit and have your sweet treat fix. This is another Harbor Springs business that is cash only, so keep $10 in your pocket for ice cream emergencies!

The New York Restaurant

Take a step back with dinner at the New York Restaurant, established in 1904. This Harbor Springs gem holds a lot of history for the town. They also sell the same high-quality ingredients that they use in the restaurant.

Small Batch at the Cupola

A bakery, caterer, cafe, and restaurant, Small Batch of Harbor Springs has it all. A cozy and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or, if you prefer, brunch! Make sure to stop by this unique place that can satisfy your craving.


The Outfitter

Coming at you with the biggest brands in outdoor apparel, it's The Outfitter Harbor Springs. Ready to outfit you for any season in Northern Michigan, The Outfitter is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Touring Gear

Whether you are an avid biker or just looking for a way to cruise around town, Touring Gear is your one-stop shop. With only the highest quality bikes, a rental from here would be the perfect way to see all the Harbor Springs sights.

Things To Do

The Lyric

The beautiful Lyric Theatre in downtown Harbor Springs was officially opened in 2016 and is the perfect stop year-round. All of your favorite movies roll through here, and you can even catch a 25c Family Favorite on select Saturdays. 

Zoll Street Beach

Looking for a place to take your pup? The Zoll Street Beach, known as the dog beach by Harbor Springs locals, is the perfect spot. Stroll down Zoll to a small sandy beach and a large grassy area. This spot is also a kayak launch!


Tres Belle Interior Design

The Tres Belle Interior Design team is one of the best in Harbor Springs. With exceptional customer service and attention to detail, their team will make sure your space is everything you want and more.

Meyer Ace Hardware

Much more than a hardware store, Meyer Ace is a friendly and welcoming shop that has been around since 1935. They will surely have everything you need and a fantastic staff to help you find it!

These places and businesses only begin to scratch the surface of all that Harbor Springs has to offer. We are grateful to be part of such an amazing community to work and live in, and we invite you to come and experience the charm and beauty of this town for yourself.